Xiaomi’s YiCamera Is Twice As Good And Half The Price Of A GoPro

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Xiaomi, a rising star in the world of mobile phones and consumer electronics, has just announced the YiCamera action cam.

Judging by the specs of this camera GoPro is in trouble, as the company that has been changing people’s perception of Chinese products seems to have not only outdone the Hero action cam, but it did so at half the price.

The 16 megapixel camera will cost $64, but will initially be available only in China.

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Apple Granted Patent For Mounted Cameras. GoPro Stock Takes a Dive

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Like DJI who used to be BFFs with GoPro starting their own self-made camera was not bad news enough for GoPro, a new patent approval for Apple. Patent number 8,934,045 concerning ‘Digital camera system having remote control‘ was just approved by the USPTO. Actually, Yahoo reports that the firm secured 34  patents all relating to what we fondly call Action Cameras.

The idea seems like Apple is considering streaming content from an action camera into the iWatch.

Looking at the abstract of one of the mains patents, it seems that almost any action camera (or wireless tethered camera) are at risk:

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Experience The Swiss Alps With A Little Help From 12 GoPros And 2 Custom Panoramic Rigs

mammut_360_goprosHave you ever dreamt about photographing your own ascent of the Swiss Alps, but can never find the time to actually get around to it? Luckily, there are professional mountaineers who are, well, let’s just say, slightly more motivated than you and I. Now, you can enjoy the experience of climbing the notorious Eiger North Face from the comfort of your couch thanks to the radical photography project carried out by Dani Arnold, Stephan Siegrist, and the 12 GoPro’s they carried on their expedition to the top of the 13,000-foot (3970 meters) summit. The panoramic imagery they were able to capture is nothing short of breathtaking.

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How The BBC Uses “Spy Cams” To Photograph And Document Wildlife

Meet TunaCam, the BBC's robotic spy camera used to document pods of dolphins and other marine wildlife.

Meet TunaCam, the BBC’s robotic spy camera used to document pods of dolphins and other marine wildlife.

For many years wildlife photographers relied on their unparalleled patience and lots of long lenses capture footage of wildlife. However, as digital technology grows and our cameras seem to be shrinking, professional and amateur photographers alike are enjoying the freedom these compact cameras give them by devising inventive ways to get up close and personal with wildlife without impacting their natural surroundings and behaviors.
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